Georgi Gospodinov, born in 1968 in Jambol, studied Bulgarian philology in Sofia. He published lyrical poetry and prose, edited a literature journal, is a columnist of the daily newspaper Dnevnik and works at the Institute of Literature of the Bulgarian Academy of Arts. He has also enjoyed success as a stage and scriptwriter.

In 1992 Georgi Gospodinov made his debut with the volume of poetry Лапидариум (title of the English translation: Lapidarium), followed by a further volume of poetry in 1996. He became known to an international audience with his first novel Eстествен роман (title of the English translation: Natural Novel), which was translated into many languages.